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puff up

vb. 1 To inflate with air. 2 To swell due to injury or illness. 3 To become proud. (Often written as '''puffed up with pride.''')

puff up
  1. v. make larger or distend; "The estimates were puffed up"

  2. to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs" [syn: puff, blow up, puff out]

  3. become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son" [syn: swell]

  4. praise extravagantly; "The critics puffed up this Broadway production" [syn: puff]

Usage examples of "puff up".

The thought that one day he may see his grandson with his arse on the Iron Throne makes Mace puff up like .

Tzigone cleared her throat and pursed her lips as she smiled, in a manner that made her cheeks puff up and her eyes appear to twinkle.

Every time you see her, you puff up in that tabard of yours and preen like a bantam rooster.

The gangbangers carried their guns as status symbols, using them as a threat to puff up their egos.

Her captors would have had a full day to study her, to ogle her body and puff up their imagination and their courage.

The entire surface of the amorphous, pulsing thing continued to puff up.

What she didn't want was to puff up in a humiliating false pregnancy.

Jamie, standing beside his grandson, managed to straighten his curved back for a moment or two and actually puff up his sunken chest.